MARCUS -- The Gehlen Catholic School girls kept the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Eagles in a cage Friday, winning 47-22.
The Jays (3-0) built a seven-point lead in the first quarter, holding MMC back 12-5.
They allowed the Eagles six more points by halftime, when Gehlen led 24-11.
"They came out with a little different defense and it took us a little time to adjust, and we didn't shoot too well because they're really, really scrappy, but we did some nice things and got some open shots," Gehlen girls coach Marty Kurth said. "We adjusted to the offense pretty well and we kept the pressure on them most of the night."
That pressure showed in the third stanza, where the Jays allowed the Eagles only one point, jumping ahead to a 33-12 lead over MMC.
Gehlen continued to extend their lead until the final buzzer, outscoring the Eagles 14-10 in the last period.
Senior Katelin Langel was top scorer with 21 points for the night.
Junior Hannah Sitzmann had 12 points and junior Alison Schnepf added seven points and 10 rebounds for the Jays.
Langel added eight rebounds and nabbed 10 steals from MMC.
As a team, Gehlen made 27 steals and seven blocks for the night. The next matchup for Gehlen will be when they host Akron-Westfield (0-3) on Tuesday.
"We just need to continue finishing things real well," Kurth said.